100 Best Restaurants 2011: Indique Heights
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Indique Heights
Address: 2 Wisconsin Cir., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-656-4822
Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Tapas/Small Plates, Indian
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2:30; Saturday and Sunday noon to 3. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday 5:30 to 10:30; Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Vegetable samosa chaat with tomatoey chickpeas; crab tikki; cayenne-rubbed tilapia with lemony rice; Malabar shrimp curry; chicken chettinad; shreekand brûlée.
Price Details: Weekday lunch buffet is $10.95.

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

In a perfect world, Indian street-food spots would be as plentiful here as burger joints. As it is, we can satisfy our cravings at this color-splashed Friendship Heights dining room.

There are familiar dishes—samosas with chickpeas, the tamarind-and-yogurt-swirled potato salad called papri chaat, and miniature dosas, tissue-thin crepes from Southern India. But beyond those mainstays are excellent Syrian-style lamb with coconut, and paani puri—crunchy one-bite puffs filled with tamarind water. Tandoori meats are done particularly well, and curries are assertively spiced.

While many Indian restaurants have skippable desserts, a trio of rice puddings, the pistachio-dotted custard called shreekand brûlée, and kulfi with orange are lovely here.

Also good: Kathi rolls, wraps of chicken and chutney; gingery seafood soup; shrimp varuval with lemon rice; chicken tikka makhani; Malabar shrimp curry; spicy chicken chettinad.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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